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%JTE    OF   THE    BUFFALO    HEAD

stretched some buffalo robes over it on four poles,
so that its smoke would not glow as it went up
into the skies.

After our meal the chief made all of us strip off
and go into the river and wash ourselves thor-
oughly, using for soap the fine black silt at the
bottom of the stream. We scrubbed our bodies
until they glowed, to remove all odours of the
horse flesh we had eaten. If any of these odours
should remain on us the enemy's horses would
stampede when it reached their nostrils in the
darkness. Horses are frightened at the srnell of
their own flesh, especially horse fat, and they go
wild when they scent it. As we had to sneak upon
the enemy's camp and take their horses while they
were asleep, we could not risk a disturbance in the
herd while we were at work.

That night we followed our scouts to a point on
a high butte where we could look down upon the
camp of the Crows. It was situated in a large
couleeŚravineŚand was enclosed on all sides but
one by the surrounding buttes and foot-hills.
We crept down to the open end of the camp
under the cover of darkness and lay there for what
seemed several hours3 waiting for the Crows to go
to sleep. There was a water-hole near us, and we
could see the Crows coming and going from this
hole with their water bladders. Out of revenge
some of our men wanted to crawl down to the

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